A zoo is struggling so much that it may have to feed some animals to other animals

A baby female sea lion "Jogi" lies next to its mother "Eike" in the zoo in Neumünster, Germany, on July 11, 2014.

(CNN)Faced with disrupted supply chains and steep revenue declines due to the coronavirus pandemic, one zoo is considering a drastic measure: turning some of its residents into food.

The longer that the coronavirus lockdowns continue and the more dire financial situations become, the more realistic it is that Neumünster Zoo in northern Germany will have to consider its absolute, last resort plan: slaughtering some of its zoo animals to feed others.
The Neumünster Zoo, home to more than 700 animals and more than 100 species, has drafted an emergency plan listing which animals would be euthanized to cut costs, and in what order, zoo director Verena Kaspari told German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA).
Though it's unclear which animals would be slaughtered first, a polar bear named Vitus -- which stands nearly 12 feet tall -- would be the last animal to go.
"If -- and this is really the worst, worst case of all -- if I no longer have any money to buy feed, or if it should happen that my feed supplier is no longer able to supply due to new restrictions, then I would slaughter animals to feed other animals," Kaspari told the news agency.
Kaspari said she would rather euthanize the zoo's animals than have them starve.
CNN has reached out to Neumünster Zoo for comment.

German zoos in crisis

Now that the Neumünster Zoo is no longer generating revenue from visitors due to the national shutdown enacted on March 15, the zoo is operating solely through donations, Kaspari told DPA.
The German government has started rolling out an